The Mapmaker’s Children, written by Sarah McCoy, tells the stories of two women living one hundred and fifty years apart. Sarah Brown, a daughter of abolitionist John Brown, was an incredible woman. She was actively involved in her father’s cause to help slaves escape to the north. Modern day protagonist is Eden Anderson, who with her husband, has moved to an old house in a small town in West Virginia. She is a deeply troubled woman whose marriage is in danger of falling apart. She unexpectedly discovers an unusual doll in the house which seems to have its own set of secrets. What commonalities could the women share?
The protagonists stories are revealed alternately. This is a captivating character driven novel. We follow their paths of personal growth and watch how they embrace lives they might never have imagined for themselves. The author skillfully blends the past and present into an engrossing and well researched book. Highly recommended.
I received this book for free through Blogging For Books and the opinions expressed in this review are my own.